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Piccola Italia, Ocean Township, NJ

Piccola Italia

4.8
4.8
536 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary Italian
At Piccola Italia, chef and owner Brian Gualtieri offers his unique take on classic Italian dishes, fusing fresh Mediterranean flavors with the traditional regional styles of Italian cooking. Our menu features the highest quality seasonal ingredients and bold flavors. Piccola Italia has received high Zagat ratings year after year and with its elegant full bar with an extensive wine list, patrons will not be disappointed.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 11 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Italian, Mediterranean, Wine Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (732) 493-3090

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Brian Gualtieri

  • Catering

    Chef Brian Gualtieri and his team will redefine your event expectations by fusing classic Italian dishes with fresh Mediterranean flavors to create innovative menus customized specifically for you and your event guests. <br /><br />

  • Private party facilities

    Whether your event is for a business function or an intimate personal celebration, Piccola Italia is the ideal event location to host a group of any size. We work with clients to custom tailor event menus & help to create memorable dining experiences for clients. We also cater off premise events.

  • Private party contact

    Robyn Janssen: (877) 961-9745

  • Neighborhood

    Asbury Park

  • Cross street

    Route 35 and West Park Avenue

  • Parking details

    Private parking lot available on site

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 536 people are saying

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • New York / Tri-State Area

    Contemporary Italian

  • New Jersey - Central

    Notable Wine List

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  1. W

    Wilmingtonlocal

    Philadelphia

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a large group and a wonderful meal as always. All of the apps were great, eggplant, bruschetta, burrata, oysters and onion rings. Everyone enjoyed their entrees as well. Our family was visiting from TX and wanted GOOD Italian. Naturally we chose Piccola Italia, which is a 25 minute drive for us. There's closer Italian, but not as dependable. Service was spot on as well, everything when we needed it.
  2. BR

    BeckiR

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another amazing visit! The food and drinks were delicious! Staff was great! My favorite place! Never disappointed
  3. JG

    JenniferG

    Atlantic City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Last minute date and was absolutely wonderful as usual!!
  4. LA

    LindaA

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every meal is delicious..they never disappoint on service, atmosphere and food
  5. WD

    WilliamD

    New York Area

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Carolina always makes you feel welcomed. Mike makes great drinks at the bar. The service is awesome. Brian is a top notch chef who always gives you an amazing meal.
  6. NJ

    NJFoodie

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience3
    Service was actually embarrassing. Waiter had NO IDEA how to place the order. We requested 4 wagyu steak dinners with sauce on the side for 2. This was on the “special” menu for the night. This request baffled the waiter who advised us he will just “put sauce on the side for all 4”. We said no and explained again. Then we requested all 4 be cooked medium and were told, “the chef will do what he wants”. After explaining a 50 steak should be cooked to order, he said he would ask. Then after delivering appetizers we asked if the orders went in properly. He then replied, he asked for 1 dish to have sauce on the side. We said - 2, 2 dishes need sauce on the side and felt like we were in another planet. Frankly it was bizarre. Lastly after being treated rudely we waited, and waited, and waited, and waited for the food to come- it came out- WARM. Not hot. $52 dollars a dish the meal should be hot. 2 dishes were swimming in sauce. The others no sauce but all the steak was sliced and the sides were slopped together under the meat. That was NO WHERE in the description. The food was like a sloppy combo dish and overall just OK. Bottom line we were ridiculously disappointed. Have eaten there several times pre covid and it was awesome. This was the first time back since. Unclear what happened but we couldn’t get out of restaurant fast enough. Before we left we had the pleasure of watching our waiter spill coffee all over floor and next table and not clean it up from the table or the floor despite the spill happening over 15 minutes. People had to step over the wet area and they were lucky no one slipped. Maybe it was an off night but for $350 we won’t be back. MAJOR Disappointment.
  7. M

    Mustang66

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    At first as we arrived we were pretty impressed. We were invited into a small room which we thought was very nice. As time went on many people had arrived for a wedding rehearsal dinner. The noise level was horrific. Shame on the owner for scheduling that type of party when people are there for a quiet dinner with your wife. Now for the food: We ordered an appetizer (calamari) which was very large pieces and extremely rubbery and NOT cooked very well. My wife ordered chicken parm and the chicken was also not done well. My dinner was just ok. We did not have any desert because the noice level was so bad we could not wait to get out of there. NEVER AGAIN!
  8. JC

    JohnC

    Italy

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’m a regular patron. They never let you down. Food was fantastic as always and the service was top notch. Warm, friendly and welcoming.
  9. JG

    JeffG

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Nice ambience, good food, fairly priced, good location
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall2food3service4ambience3
    I thought the selection was limited. I ended up with chicken parm, not bad but not great. NO GREAT BREAD AT an ITALIAN RESTAURANT!!! The dessert was delicious! Probably wouldn’t go back.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    All around great!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Our experience here was awesome! Very accommodating as we have a 3 month old. The service was a little slow but otherwise this is a 5 star restaurant for sure. The food was amazing and well priced. I would recommend any of their cuts of meat. I had the wagyu as my wife had the filet and they were both amazing. Would definitely recommend!
  13. WT

    WTrapp

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is the best restaurant around. Excellent food and service. Great Wine list. Overall excellent experience!
  14. AO

    AnaO

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food and service were excellent. A repeat for sure!
  15. P

    Peterpan

    New York Area

    164 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    164 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    This is a good old stand by that has stood the test of time. A very varied menu allows fine dining or a more nominal choice of lighter fare. While not inexpensive, there’s something for everyone.
  16. c

    c1attheshore

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful from start to finish always a fine dining experience
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time dining here and we will definitely come back when visiting the area. Food was delicious and service excellent.
  18. c

    camone60

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wedding anniversary
  19. L

    Lano68

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was second to none..Generous portions, and absolutely delicious.
  20. JD

    JohnD

    New York Area

    58 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely delicious. We will go back again and again.
  21. J

    Joan

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Special birthday dinner. Christian was our server. Food was excellent. Service was outstanding. Christian is a gem. Piccolo Italia is lucky to have him. He added sage advice for the menu & wine selection; a welcoming sttitude. the special dessert for our Party member & the white port wine was a thoughtful touch Would definitely recommend this restaurant to others. Joan
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional meal and service as always. Always consistent service and chef delivers on every dish you order.
  23. MM

    MikeyM

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome food and service all you can ask for. Would highly recommend
  24. P

    Phillythunder

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The waitress was fabulous and the majority of the food was fabulous. The pasta dishes were good. The pork loin was out of this world!!!
  25. S

    Sue7

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We go to this restaurant often because the food is good & made well. The bartender is good & very trained in making drinks & knowing a lot about wine & alcohol in general. Great Place to have a wonderful meal!
  26. SP

    StaceyP

    Atlantic City

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was outstanding.
  27. j

    jcalda

    New York Area

    146 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    146 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Good food- a bit noisy when full dining room
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food. Excellent service. This place is a hidden gem. Just book it and enjoy!
  29. H

    Herbie

    Philadelphia

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    You can't go wrong with anything you order. Neighborhood gem. The staff always makes you feel special.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Poconos

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All I can say was it was fantastic
  31. C

    Christine

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thank you for such a lovely night! As always, everything about our experience was perfect! Thank you
  32. P

    Phil

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food in a very comfortable setting where you can actually have a conversation with your table mates. Extensive wine list that is priced very favorably. This is a can’t miss restaurant.
  33. MS

    MelissaS

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and would highly recommend.
  34. m

    mrg123

    Washington DC

    40 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Everything was very good. The service was excellent. The house made burrata was delicious but not sure why there was mint on the melon it was served with. Scallops were fresh and delicious. Veal pasta was also very good. It was a lovely meal.
  35. RO

    ROSALITA

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always above and beyond .. great drinks.,, delicious food. Never disappointed 😊
  36. D

    Dray0831

    New York Area

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience with delicious food, great staff, and lovely ambiance. Highly recommend!
  37. T

    Thomas

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food and environment- highly recommended
  38. MK

    MaryannK

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The second time we had dinner here and both times were outstanding. I guess by coincidence we had the same table as the first time. The whole staff seems to work together as a team. The food is very creative and delicious. Our server even suggested a drink for me to try by substituting tequila for vodka in a pear martini. Also, the shopping center seems to be only restaurants and it is very unique. And lots of parking!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience. Food - amazing. Staff amazing!!!!!!
  40. H

    Herbie

    Philadelphia

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never disappoints. Always a great meal with an excellent staff. Local gem!!

FAQs

Piccola Italia offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (732) 493-3090.

Piccola Italia is rated 4.8 stars by 536 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 11 times today
Google Map for Piccola Italia

837 West Park Ave, Ocean Township, NJ 07712

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Route 35 and West Park Avenue

  • Neighborhood

    Asbury Park

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Italian, Mediterranean, Wine Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Private parking lot available on site

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Brian Gualtieri

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (732) 493-3090

  • Catering

    Chef Brian Gualtieri and his team will redefine your event expectations by fusing classic Italian dishes with fresh Mediterranean flavors to create innovative menus customized specifically for you and your event guests. <br /><br />

  • Private party facilities

    Whether your event is for a business function or an intimate personal celebration, Piccola Italia is the ideal event location to host a group of any size. We work with clients to custom tailor event menus & help to create memorable dining experiences for clients. We also cater off premise events.

  • Private party contact

    Robyn Janssen: (877) 961-9745

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